A Digital Day Of Celebration For The Higher Education Sector: WUSCA 2020

The 7th annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUCSA) which took place on 8th July saw the first time the event was held digitally, with the winners for each category announced on the @Whatuni Twitter feed.

The winners of each reviews-based category in the 2020 WUSCA event were as follows: 

  • University of the Year Category: Loughborough University 
  • Accommodation Category: University of Wales Trinity St David  
  • Societies and Sports Category: Loughborough University  
  • Students Union Category: University of Sheffield  
  • Local Life Category: University of Strathclyde 
  • Further Education College Category: DN Colleges Group 
  • University Facilities Category: Loughborough University 
  • Independent Higher Education Category: Oxford Business College 
  • Postgraduate Category: Aberystwyth University 
  • Student Support Category: Leeds Arts University 
  • Job Prospects Category: Harper Adams University 
  • Course and Lecturers Category: University of Wales Trinity St David 
  • International Category: Aberystwyth University 

The winners of each submissionsbased category, judged by the Whatuni Student Advisory Board (SAB) in the 2020 WUSCA event were as follows: 

  • Giving Back Category: Nottingham Trent University 
  • Prospective Student Engagement Category: Norwich University of the Arts 

For the second time in 3 years, Loughborough University took home the top prize, University of the Year. Their victory was celebrated on the day with a bespoke video exemplifying some of the unique qualities which led to their success. 

Hosting the event via the @Whatuni Twitter feed was a new solution to the ongoing need for social distancing. The nominees and winners were announced throughout the day with additional insights from the reviews collected over the past year shared with the live audience.  

The new online platform offered an exciting new opportunity to engage with and connect both the sector and students (current and prospective).  

Finally, the digital WUSCA 2020 event provided the IDP Connect team with an opportunity to thank all our partners, the sector as a whole, and all institutions which won, were shortlisted for, or participated in the WUSCA. The ongoing commitment Higher Education institution in the UK have to delivering an ever-improving student experience is a credit to everyone involved in the sector, and demonstrates the dedication of Universities and Higher Education providers in enabling students to unlock their full potential. 

From all of us, thank you. 

2020 Highlights

Reviews were submitted for the 2020 awards and rankings.
Institutions are featured in the 2020 rankings.
Miles were travelled by the Whatuni team to collect reviews on campus.

About the Awards

The WUSCAs offer prospective students an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional university ranking systems. The Awards are based on averages taken from tens of thousands of reviews submitted by students and published on Whatuni.com.

If you’re a university, an independent higher education provider or a further education college who would like involvement in the 2021 awards please contact us at WUSCA@idp-connect.com.

Submission based categories – 2021 WUSCAs

Submission based categories to be revealed in 2021.


Sponsorship opportunities available for brands wanting to reach either Whatuni’s vast prospective student audience, or those interested in connecting with the event audience of Vice-Chancellors, university marketing professionals and other members of the higher education sector.

We offer exclusive category sponsorship to ensure extensive brand exposure at the awards ceremony and on our Whatuni and IDP Connect websites, and can tailor packages to your needs.

“Revolution Viewing were very proud to be a headline sponsor for the second consecutive year. The WUSCAs were very well organised in a fantastic venue providing great value for money for all attendees…it was pleasing to be involved in an event where the people who really matter, the students, vote for the winners.”

Vicky Hayhurst, Commercial Director, Revolution Viewing Ltd

Many thanks to our 2019 sponsors Havas Education,
Revolution Viewing and IELTS.